2015: Year In Review.

Well, that took longer than I thought it would. 2015 was a busy year, as it turns out.

At the end of each year, I make a habit of looking back and reflecting on the year that was. I think it’s a good exercise to do at this time of year, and as I wrote last year, I again found that it was a refreshing experience this time around. When I look at this body of work, I realize one thing. I shot A LOT. It wasn’t until I went back to the start of my January archives that I even remembered I shot some of these things. 

But busy is a good thing. No, a great thing! Above is a gallery of my favorite pictures and favorite memories from 2015. Click on any individual photo to enlarge it. I’ve also included some of my favorite video pieces from the year.

I completed my sixth year as a photographer working in Major League Baseball, and my fourth as a Boston Red Sox team photographer. That role was made into a full-time Staff Photographer position in March, which I’m really proud of and thankful for. This season was as much about Fenway Park as it was the team on the field. Although the team finished last in the division for the second straight year, a collection of first class events, including concerts, football, Irish hurling, and milestones made for a really exciting year at Boston’s old stadium. I love the grind there, and I’m ready to recharge on some new creative initiatives with the team in 2016. 

As a result of the full-time upgrade at Fenway, there were some sacrifices I had to make on the freelance side of my career. Taking two or three weeks off is tougher for me to do now, so I wasn’t able to make it back to shoot the Championships Wimbledon this year. I still got to shoot the BNP Paribas Open, though, where I witnessed some real history. I also shot and edited at some different events and games for Getty Images, which I’ve enjoyed immensely, and continued work for new and existing clients at events and weddings.

I also continued to grow on the video front, and began to work those skills into the corporate realm. Video is just as important as still photography, if not more, so I want to be sure to continue that work next year. 

All along the way, I learned a lot, both about myself and about this crazy, fast-paced world I operate in. Looking back, there were some decisions I would rethink, but I’ve learned from those and think I’ve grown as a person. Most importantly, as I reflect on all of this, I’m reminded of how thankful I am to be surrounded by incredible people. Colleagues, mentors, friends, and family members. You’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with, and I’m really lucky to have great people in my life. Congratulations to all those people on everything they did in 2015. 

Thank you so much for following along all year! Happy New Year!

2016 is going to be big. 

 

Photos: Premier Boxing at Foxwoods Casino.

Here are some photos from an afternoon of Premier Boxing Champions league boxing action at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut. I covered the day of fighting for Getty Images.

What a sport. Being ringside right next to these fighters is a totally different experience than watching on television or from afar. You can see and smell the blood and sweat dripping off their faces and bodies. Sometimes, it even sprays on you. You also realize how athletic and quick they are. The punches and jabs almost happen too fast to be photographed. For that reason, I was glad I got there early to get my timing down on the shorter bouts before the main event.

I had a good spot to shoot, and two vicious knockouts happened right in front of me. Cornelius Bundrage (shown in the black and white frame above), went down literally inches in front of my lens, which made for a neat picture. 

It’s a tough sport to watch, but a fascinating one to photograph. I hope I get to shoot more of it in the future. Thanks to Getty Images for the assignment!

Video: My Soccer Ball Is My Prom Date.

This is a video I shot and edited for Elite Clubs National League Soccer (ECNL) as a promo piece for their 2014-2015 season social media campaign.

As we’re currently in prom season, and the audience of viewers in this league is mostly high school aged girls, we decided to make a spoof on prom with a simple concept – “I’m taking my soccer ball to prom.” It’s quirky, but I think it’s a funny concept and it was executed well. 

A huge thank you to the coaches, families, and players on the Boston Breakers team here in Boston for their help in setting up the actors and providing a venue to shoot in. It would not be possible without them!

Photos: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Celebrates Nasturtiums.

It’s always a pleasure to shoot for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Last night, the museum celebrated the annual springtime arrival of the Nasturtium flowers, which you’ll see above. 

Here are some photos from the event! Thank you to the Gardner for having me in!